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''Anger Management'' is a 2003 comedy film, starring & executive produced by Creator/AdamSandler, with JackNicholson and Marisa Tomei.

The story is about a timid man, David Buznik (Sandler), who is enrolled in [[TitleDrop Anger Management]] after he incurs the wrath of SelectiveEnforcement by lightly tapping a flight attendant on the arm. HilarityEnsues when the judge assigns him a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} named Buddy Rydell (JackNicholson, whom he met on the airplane) as his therapist.

Now has been adapted into a [[{{Series/AngerManagement}} TV series with the same name on the FX network]] but stars Creator/CharlieSheen and [[Film/{{Hellboy}} Selma Blair]], with Charlie as the main character who is a former baseball player with anger issues and is also a therapist.

!!This {{Film}} contains examples of the following {{Tropes}}:

* AffectionateParody: Of Sandler's past roles as a guy with anger problems. Here, he can't express anger.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Lou
* AngryBlackMan: Who, for a refreshing change, is angry for a semi-legitimate reason.
* [[spoiler:BatmanGambit: Everything after the air marshal incident. Not "including"; mind you, the marshal was having a really bad day.]]
** [[spoiler:And Arnie Shankman.]]
** [[spoiler:Actually, the whole movie was a BatmanGambit. The air marshal incident was just, as we say in math, a "removable discontinuity".]]
* BiggusDickus: Andrew, the "testicle with legs".
* BrickJoke: The seat David was about to get was him between two fat passengers before he sat with Buddy. [[spoiler:The end of the movie reveals that the air marshal ended up taking that seat, adding to his bad day.]]
** The [[spoiler:water]] gun.
* BuffySpeak: Sandler, as usual.
** "I'm not a homophobe. I'm a pulling-out-my-penis-in-front-of-you-ophobe."
** "She tried to chocolate me to death!"
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Buddy looks like a homeless man and [[PsychoPsychologist acts half-crazy himself]], but he still possesses a great deal of quirky, [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]-like wisdom.
* ButtMonkey: David. Everything that happens to him in this movie is because of the oversensitivity and SelectiveEnforcement of one flight crew. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that the flight crew was faking the whole thing, as part of a gambit by Buddy to get David to face his anger issues. Except the air marshal; ''his'' hostility was real, because he was having a bad day.]]
* TheCameo:
** Rudy Giuliani as himself.
** HeatherGraham as a {{Yandere}}.
** Woody Harrelson as a [[{{Fauxreigner}} "German"]] transvestite.
** John C. Reilly as a Buddhist monk.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Either parodied or invoked.
** Sandler is tasered by an air marshall after bugging a stewardess for headphones while she over reacts to every small thing he does.
** Sandler jokes to Nicholson that his mother died earlier in the movie, and how does he get back at him? He makes Sandler (almost) cheat on his girlfriend, ''and then tells her that he did anyway.''
* DysfunctionJunction: Justified, as it eventually turns out that [[spoiler:seemingly half the city is in on Buddy's ZanyScheme for Dave]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Linda and Andrew went to the same college, Brown University together, and they may or may not have had sex.
* ExtremeDoormat: Dave. [[spoiler:The whole point of the movie is to snap him out of it.]]
* FakeNationality: Galaxia/Gary.
* FakeOutOpening: The very first shot is of some girls jumping rope in the street next to a spraying fire hydrant (presumably because of a HeatWave) while [[YouHaveToHaveJews a pair of Hasidic Jews walk by]] and Blondie's "Heart of Glass" plays from an unseen tape player. (This is to set the opening scene as Brooklyn in the late 1970s, where we will see [[FreudianExcuse the cause of the preteen Dave Buznik's social awkwardness]].)
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Based on some offhand statements an impatient Dave makes at the beginning of the movie, the air marshal concludes that Dave is sexist, racist, and insensitive to the WarOnTerror.
* FictionIsntFair: [[spoiler:If it wasn't for the RuleOfFunny (as well as David's timidness), he could have sued almost every other character in the movie.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Subverted. In between we're given the impression of Buddy as a rather nutty {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (which he is by the way) who appears to be torturing Dave just for the fun of his twisted little games, [[spoiler:though in end, it turns out that Buddy's ZanyScheme really was just to help Dave overcome his implosive anger problems to get him to stand up for himself.]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Subverted, as Dave is more creeped out by the gorgeous bisexuals who are his fellow therapy group members than aroused by them.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear:
** Artie Shankman wears saffron-colored bikini briefs under his saffron-colored monk's robe.
** The Boston Red Sox bra and panties could count, too.
* HamToHamCombat: When you get Creator/AdamSandler and JackNicholson together, this is more-or-less unavoidable.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Buddy forces Dave to pull his car over on the side of the highway and sing the song "[[Theatre/WestSideStory I Feel Pretty]]." Dave's intonation of "I feel pretty and witty and gay" indicates that he recognizes this trope, and he's feeling both emasculated and humiliated.
* ImNotAngry: David's shtick for most of the film and he hides the anger pretty well, up until [[spoiler:he finally snaps at his {{Jerkass}} boss and co-worker]].
* IUhYouToo
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* JackNicholson: The ''Guardian'''s review of the film described it as starring "Jack Nicholson playing a Jack Nicholson who's not as good a Jack Nicholson as the Jack Nicholson he played in ''Film/AboutSchmidt'' or ''AsGoodAsItGets'', but a better Jack Nicholson than the Jack Nicholson he played in ''Somethings Gotta Give''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ironically, Sandler, who tends to play this character type, is here one of the few characters who does ''not'' fit that description.
* KafkaKomedy: ''Yes.''
* MistakenForGay: Buddy thought that David was gay because he makes clothes for cats, despite how many times David had told him that he had a girlfriend. [[spoiler:Of course, he knew all along.]]
* MistakenForRacist: "You people." [[spoiler:To be fair, he was just having a bad day.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Buddy experiences this more than once.
** When he suddenly starts blubbering when he thinks his mother has died, and then quickly cheers up.
** [[BerserkButton "I SAID OVER-EASY!"]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: There's no way Buddy can know what he's doing. [[spoiler:Oh wait, it turns out he does.]]
* RantInducingSlight: The crazy woman doesn't exactly take it well when Dave tells her not to take off her underwear.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: As part of his "therapy," Buddy takes Dave to confront the bully who used to torment him in school. Dave is less than convinced, especially when it turns out that the bully is living in a Buddhist retreat and has renounced all violence. The bully is very apologetic about his behavior...''except'' for when he pulled down Dave's pants in front of his childhood crush. In fact, he mocks Dave even further. They end up wrestling on the monastery grass.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Chuck, despite the fact that the war he fought in, Grenada, literally lasted less than two months.
* SophisticatedAsHell: "I'm sorry I was so rude before, but it's difficult for me to express myself when I am on the verge of [[JizzedInMyPants exploding in my pants."]]
* TeachHimAnger: Oh, yes.
* TooManyHalves: Chuck claims to be "half-Irish, half-Italian, half-Mexican."
* {{Transsexual}}: Galaxia/Gary.
* TricksterMentor
* WouldntHitAGirl: Played straight with the flight attendant, but later subverted when he hits the cocktail waitress, by accident.
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